A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins song)

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"A Girl Like You"
A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins single - cover art).jpg
Single by Edwyn Collins
from the album Gorgeous George
Released 5 December 1994 (CD1) (Australia)[1]
12 December 1994 (CD2) (Australia)[2]
5 June 1995 (UK re-release)
Format
Recorded 1994
Length 3:59
Label Setanta
Writer(s) Edwyn Collins
Producer(s) Edwyn Collins
Certification

"A Girl Like You" is a song by British singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins from his third solo studio album, Gorgeous George (1994). The song samples the drums track of Len Barry's 1965 single "1-2-3".[3]

Music videos[edit]

There are two different music videos for this song. The US video was in turn an avant-garde tribute to its lyrics (e.g. when Collins sings the lyrics "you made me acknowledge the devil in me", a child's painting of the devil is overlaid over his face). The international video shows Collins singing over videos and silhouettes of dancers.

Production[edit]

The Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook played vibraphone on the recording.

Copyright controversy[edit]

On 30 September 2009, Collins' manager posted to Collins' Myspace page[4] to discuss how Collins owned the copyright to the song and wanted to make it available to anyone as a free download but Myspace only allowed major labels to assert the rights to tracks hosted on their site.

A later posting notes that, after the story was picked up by major news outlets, the song was once again available on the Myspace music player.[5]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Appearances and cover versions[edit]

The song appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 hit movie Empire Records.[35] On TV, it was featured in the Cleopatra 2525 episode "Run Cleo Run", Spin City episode "The Commitments", in a Marks & Spencer advert in 2012, as well as Lucifer episode "Sweet Kicks" in 2016. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song as a bonus track on their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks. The Black Keys have covered the song at various performances during their 2014 "Turn Blue World Tour."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "New Releases – Product Available from: 12/12/94". Imgur (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  3. ^ MacGregor, David (9 December 2013). "Baubles, Labels, and Sliding Doors: Kid Canaveral interview Edwyn Collins". The Skinny. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Downloads and the Featured Artists Coalition at the Wayback Machine (archived 9 October 2009). Myspace. 30 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Myspace. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2827." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Edwyn Collins: A Girl Like You" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Edwyn Collins". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". VG-lista. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-07-22" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  22. ^ a b c "Gorgeous George – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  23. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Pop Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 11, 1995 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  24. ^ "Edwyn Collins: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  25. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1995". Imgur (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  26. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1995" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1995" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "Rapports annuels 1995" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  29. ^ (French) Classement Singles – année 1995 at the Wayback Machine (archived 14 February 2009). SNEP. Disque en France.
  30. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1995" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  31. ^ "Les Singles / Titres Certifiés "Argent"" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  32. ^ (French) Les Singles en Argent at the Wayback Machine (archived 16 October 2014). InfoDisc.
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Edwyn Collins; 'A Girl Like You')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter A Girl Like You in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  35. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (5 August 1995). "A&M soundtrack plants hopes with the Gin Blossoms". Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 31. p. 103. ISSN 0006-2510.